Definition of iiwi in English:


Pronunciation /ēˈēˌwē/ /iˈiˌwi/

nouniiwi, iiwis

  • A Hawaiian honeycreeper with a long, down-curved bill and mainly bright red plumage.

    Vestiaria coccinea, family Drepanididae (or Fringillidae)

    ‘In addition to the iiwi, we also hear and see a green-breasted amakihi bird.’
    • ‘The iiwi, or scarlet honeycreeper, is an endangered bird found only in Hawaii.’


Late 18th century from Hawaiian.